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HETA Report No. TA-79-16, Johnson Memorial Hospital, Stafford Springs, Connecticut.

Authors
Moseley-CL
Source
NIOSH 1979 Jul:13 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00091569
Abstract
Levels of airborne substances in concentrations sufficient to cause symptoms of discomfort were investigated in the Administration and Central Sterile System areas on February 15, 16, and March 29, 1979, at Johnson Memorial Hospital (SIC-8062), Stafford Springs, Connecticut. The evaluation was requested by the hospital administrator. Analysis of ambient air samples did not reveal the presence of fibrous-glass (14808607). Analysis of bulk samples subjected to thermal decomposition analysis at 302 degrees-F showed small amounts of methylene-chloride (75092), carbon-disulfide (75150), furan (110009), furfural (98011), and methyl-furfural (620020), and lesser amounts of acetone (67641), methyl-ethyl-ketone (78933), pentanone (27154672), and furfuryl-methyl-ketone (6975606). At 100 degrees-F, no volatile compounds were identified. It is concluded that concentrations of chemicals and airborne fibers were well within OSHA limits, and that reported symptoms of irritation were due to high temperatures, cigarette smoke, and poor air flow. Recommendations resulting from the evaluation include increasing air handling capability, improving ventilation systems, reducing the amount of solar radiation in administrative areas, increasing humidity, scrutinizing work safety practices to prevent ethylene- oxide (75218) exposure during sterilizer operations, modifying the handling and storage of formaldehyde (50000), and prohibiting smoking.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; TA-79-16; Region-1; Hospitals; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Occupational-exposure; Air-sampling;
CAS No.
14808-60-7; 75-09-2; 75-15-0; 110-00-9; 98-01-1; 620-02-0; 67-64-1; 78-93-3; 27154-67-2; 6975-60-6; 75-21-8; 50-00-0;
Publication Date
19790701
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1979
NTIS Accession No.
PB80-148133
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
TA-79-16
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
8062;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. TA-79-16, 13 pages, 10 references
State
CT; OH;
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